Thursday, October 18, 2012

Backyard Ramblings

As fall is getting into full swing here in North Carolina, I thought it would be a good time to reflect on the summer and share a few photos that I've been meaning to put up here on the blog for a while. I apologize for the lack of posts on here lately, a good bit of my time has been tied up working with the FFA chapter at school. I've really enjoyed it, but most of the activities don't really fit into the "outdoor" theme of this blog so I haven't done much writing. I have done a little deer hunting, but other than a debacle that occurred the last evening of muzzeloader season, there hasn't been much to write about. That particular day deserves its own post, if I can stand to write about it. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy this last look at summer.

I may have mentioned this in an earlier post, but my wife and I purchased my grandparents' house after we were married. When I was young, our yard was one of my favorite places. It always seemed to have more lightning bugs (or fireflies) than almost anywhere else. In the summer there were also June bugs, and I used to love looking for the nymph shucks of cicadas on the old oak trees. I remember calling them cicada skins as a child, and I used to have a fair sized collection by the end of summer most years.

This is a collection of pictures that my wife and I made in our yard this summer, and I think it helps remind me why as a child I didn't need 1000 acres of woods to entertain myself. I loved the woods, and still do, but I always seemed to find adventure just out the back door. Nature has always been fascinating to me. I hope you enjoy these pictures as much as I do. 

Cicada nymph shuck





Black snake in the garden

It seems like I spend a good bit of time in the woods or on the water, sometimes within a five minute drive from home, and sometimes several hours away. However, it always amazes me to see what I can find in my own yard. I wish I knew more about mushroom identification, if anybody recognizes any of these I would love to know what they are.

Thanks for stopping by!

- Joseph

6 comments:

  1. Still enjoying all your updates Joseph! Keep um coming!! (I am fascinated about strange looking mushrooms that pop up overnight too)

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    1. Thanks Tish! I'm hoping to be a little more regular with my postings. Hopefully there will be another one soon!

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  2. I enjoy your backyard "ramblings," your themes resemble my own blog writings. As the great poet Wm. Carlos Williams wrote, "the universalism of the local" says it all. Mushrooms, flowers, bees, trout... Thanks!

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    1. Thanks Walt! I was just reading your "King's End" post. One of these days I'm going to make it up to the Lake Erie/Ontario area and try for steelhead and salmon. It sounds like a blast!

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  3. That cicada nymph looks so tired with life already. :)

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    1. He looks like a shell of his former self.

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